36 indicted in global cybercrime ring that stole $530M
36 indicted in global cybercrime ring that stole $530M
US Charges Dozens In Massive Cyberidentity Fraud Scheme
09 February, 2018, 03:45
Known as the Infraud Organization, the enterprise aimed to be the Internet's premier destination for buying and selling stolen payment card data.
The group used a scheme that enabled the purchase and sale of US Social Security numbers, as well as birthdays and passwords stolen from around the world.
Thirteen out of 36 individuals indicted for their alleged involvement in a transnational cybercrime group know as Infraud have been arrested, the US Department of Justiceannounced on Wednesday. As of March 2017, the Infraud Organisation has over 10,900 members across the globe. Its tagline: In Fraud We Trust. "Infraud operated like a business to facilitate cyberfraud on a global scale".
Super moderators on the site "oversaw and administered specific subject matter areas within their expertise", according to U.S. authorities. The Justice Department noted that other defendants remain at large and said the investigation is continuing. The site also offered an account in which users could launder the money they stole. Actual losses-which hit a wide swath of financial institutions, merchants, and private individuals-totaled more than $530 million.
"They advertised services that facilitated these activities and related, illicit financial transactions; and they disseminated malware", he said. The leadership routinely policed forums for "rippers", or those who peddled poor-quality goods and services. The prohibition was likely an attempt to prevent members from being detained or prosecuted by authorities in Russian Federation.
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Mr Okeakpu, who used aliases including "Aslike1", "Aslike", "Moneymafia" and "Shilonng", could face up to 20 years in a United States jail if he is extradited, the country's authorities say.
According to a criminal indictment filed in Las Vegas and unsealed on Wednesday (7 February), the organisation was set up in October 2010 by a Ukranian national named Svyatoslav Bondarenko on the dark web. Medvedev, prosecutors said, has been an active Infraud member since 2010 and also holds the rank of administrator.
After a Las Vegas grand jury returned the nine-count indictment, federal, state, local, and worldwide law enforcement authorities arrested 13 defendants from the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Kosovo and Serbia.
The Infraud Organization, we're told, includes nearly 11,000 members, and was founded in 2010 by Svyatoslav Bondarkeno of Ukraine.
"Okeakpu was promoted to VIP member status in April 2014". Below is an organizational chart of those charged.
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